Rune Stone Study: The Beginning

Hello all!

First off, I want to thank Grove and Grotto for always having the best tools and items for my witchy needs. Supplies can be hard to find at good prices and this faery shop has it all!

Here recently, I’ve decided to expand my divination skills. Tarot was my first love and will probably be my best tool but I want to add some dimension to what I do. Those Heathens at my annual autumn camp-out have inspired me.

I picked up a very nice set of black onyx rune stones.



On the first day I picked up:

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Jera!

Letter: J or Y
Word: Harvest

“Your creativity has paid off and all your plans are coming to fruition now.Your life is a hive of activity as you rush to reap the rewards of your labor. You are energized and vibrant, fully able to enjoy your success without complacency. Remember that within your harvest lies the dormant seed of the cycle to come.”

There is no reverse for this rune.


Personally I am at the end of a lot of cycles in my life. Having planted the seed of blogging and massage therapy, I have planned and worked hard to bring those dreams to fruition.

Wedding plans, spiritual plans, and more are finally reaping rewards. I give thanks to the Gods and Spirit that I have been very fortunate this year to have not only my base needs covered but so much more in blessings.

Divine Feminine

 

Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin

9 Ritual Items Commonly Found at the Dollar Store

These are wonderful ideas for the frugal Witch!

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1.  Herbs and Spices.  The spice section is great for picking up herbs and spices that can be used in sachets, incense blends, and mojo bags.  I’ve found:

-Garlic (protection)
-Basil (love)
-Chili Powder (used in hoodoo/voodoo)
-Oregano (marriage blessing/kitchen witchery)
-Onion Powder (protection)
-Chopped Onion(protection)

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2.  Sea Salt.  Sometimes it’s coarse, and sometimes it’s finely ground.  Either way, there is usually some kind of bulk salt available for circle-casting and whatnot.

3. Candles.  Tea candles, pillar candles, jar candles.  They have them all.  Personally, I prefer the unscented white ones, which are great all-purpose candles for carving symbols in and anointing with various oils.  They are generally much cheaper at the dollar store than almost anywhere else.

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4.  Seasonal decor.  I usually make a trip before any given Cross Quarter holiday for altar decorations.

5.  Incense.  Truth be told, I am not a big fan of…

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Under the Harvest Moon

As we move closer and closer to the Autumn Equinox, our Moon rises closer and closer to sunset. This has given the Full Moon in September the name Harvest Moon. At this time, we are slowly losing the precious daylight we need to bring in our harvests. Fruits and grains are plentiful at this time and even more can be brought in because the half to full moon rises just when we need her.

But what makes a Harvest Moon different than most others? According to The Almanac usually, throughout the year, the Moon rises an average of about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox, the difference is only 30 minutes. Also,the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise near sunset for several nights in a row because the difference is at a yearly minimum.

Spiritually, this moon is important to us because it is all about preparation for winter. The birds fly south. Bears start their feast for hibernation and squirrels tuck away what they can. Ideally you’d check your gutters and clear them out. You would check your heating and AC and insulation. Are you prepared for harsher weather? Are you prepared for the dark half of the year? Use the remaining daylight and spectacular moonlight to clear out your clutter (Mentally, Emotionally, and Physically)  and re-frame your coming winter and coming year.

While working in your home, it is a good idea to clean and revamp your altar. Take off what no longer suits you and don’t be afraid to rearrange for what resonates with your soul. This is about what you and your family needs for survival.

This past week, I have deep cleaned my home. Things that I need have been stored. Winter clothes have been brought out and washed. Clutter and dead weight has been donated or tossed. All these nesting procedures have fulfilled my soul in preparation for Fall and Winter.

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Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin

 

Almost, Maybe? Luna’s Veil

Good Morning! As I type this the Moon is passing over us and just barely teasing the Earth’s shadow. We :almost: had a Lunar eclipse. This happens when the Earth passes between the Sun and Moon but the shadow cast from the Earth doesn’t quite reach her.

Credit: NASA
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As you can see, the Moon dances with us and the Earth once more. But what does this mean for our magick and ritual practice?

Honestly, it could mean nothing! My personal interpretation is that the Moon is playful and mischievous and that is a great energy to bring to yourself this time of year. We are ending summer and beginning fall but that doesn’t mean we should lose the play aspect of summer break. This enthusiasm should carry into the new school year for youngsters and for our “harvests” for the adults.

Typically, a lunar eclipse means chaos is reigning. (I just heard all the chaos magicians cheer.) In my experience, (which can be vastly different than yours) when the Earth and Sun and Moon are in conflict so too are the energies of my magick and my daily life. The coffee pot not going off with its normal timer, the dreary, stand-still weather, and of course losing my freshly started notebook!  For me, it’s as if the Tricksters come out to play and give a lesson.

So whether you practice now or not is your path and your calling. We wish you luck in this coming Fall and the wonders our Universe brings us.
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Blessed Be!

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Spirit

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With my soul connected to the four elements, I call upon and feel the last one. The Element of Spirit.

It is a void and a light. An energy that runs through each element and every being on the earth. We are all connected to each other and reflections of one another.


The Element of Spirit is thought by many to be a void. Unknowable, untouchable, and out of our comprehension.

To myself, the element of Spirit is found only when all the other elements are balanced and harmonious. It is found inside each of us. A spark, a light. A scale of balance. Achieving this balance is a tough task for everything in our life is in constant motion.

Spirit is said to be the perfect balance of light and dark together.

“In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.”

Each element of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water come from Spirit. They are born from it and each gain their powers from it.

On the altar, I bring representations of each element to remind myself to keep each in balance. This is especially true in spell-work. Candle magick is very much Fire-based but I need to remember that too much Fire is destruction.

I see the salt of Earth on my altar and I am reminded that no amount of spell-work will manifest what I want if I do not do the work on a physical level.

I see the smoke rising from Air and I am reminded to think everything through and to be aware of consequences.

I see the candle’s bright Fire and I am reminded that I must want and desire this change. There is no halfway on this.

I see the seashells and Water and I am reminded that this spell-work must nurture myself or someone else. That what I do is right and brings about a positive change.


I invite you now to sit with Element of Spirit. Discover what it is to you. What balance do you find?

tui and la

 

Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Water

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Sensually cool water flows around and past me as I step barefoot into the stream. Soft mud stirs and is carried out by flowing Water. The heat and sweat of hard work is cleansed from my skin. Feeling refreshed, I give thanks for all that Water does for me. Without her, I cannot live.
Without her nourishment, I cannot love or grow.


The element of Water is a manifestation of emotion, healing, and cleansing. Water is representative of purity, flow, intuition, and abundance.

The element of Water is a huge source of living for us. Entire civilizations were born from rivers and oceans. Sources of water made it possible for nomadic societies to settle in one place by providing a means for farming. Water is connected to the heart and emotional transformation. When we meditate and focus on our breath we can feel the rise and fall of our chests. The ebb and flow of this is how we connect to the flowing energy of Water.

As the seasons change so can the energy of Water as an element.
In spring, Water helps us nourish ourselves and our plants. It also carries nutrients to all life forms, including trees through their root systems. In summer, ponds and lakes help keep us cool and refreshed. In fall, we reflect on our subconscious intuition. In winter, Water transforms us and often freezes over as ice and snow.

I ask that Water come to my rituals to aid me in healing, emotional stability, cleansing and purification of myself, my life, and others.  Intuition, Healing, Tides, and Flow are all in the realm of Water.


Magical Tools and Representations of Water


Representations: Shells, Cups, Mermaids, Fish, Rain and Oceans.
Direction: West
Color: Blues and whites.
Instrument: Bells and Cymbals
Tarot Suit: Cups
Tool: Cauldron and Chalice


We invite you to sit in meditation and reflect on Water and what it means to you. Adding sea salt or Epsom salt to a hot bath, relax and meditate on the ebb and flow of your life.

Let us know what you find!
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Love and Light,

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Fire

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In the deep, dark woods, I sit with my campfire. Feeling its heat and listening to wood crack and pop, I put a bundle of sage and rosemary on it. The smoke rises into the night and carries my dreams of change to the heavens.


Every witch has candles. All of ’em. But did you know that my grandmother (who is very much NOT a witch) has an interesting ritual of cleaning her house on a Saturday morning then leaving a few candles to burn? Definitely a lovely and relaxing scene. But also kinda witch-y.

The element of Fire is a powerful being in many faiths and religions. It is a tangible source of heat, light, passion and transformation. Fire is representative of energy and desire and purification.

The element of Fire is highly important. Fire is what helps keep us warm through long wintry nights and drives away the dark and wild animals. Fire was a major tool for primitive folk. In older times, bonfires were built to draw the community together during the passing of seasons and holidays. The hearth fire in the home was very sacred. Often it is easier to meditate when a candle is lit. It brings us focus and energy and provides us a way of connecting to Fire.

As the seasons change so can the energy of Fire as an element.
In spring, Fire helps us raise our energy to do our planting that season. In summer, we are reminded of Fire in the blaze of the sun. In fall, we begin to harvest and burn the old that will not serve us in the winter. In winter, Fire keeps us warm and brings our community together.

Candle Magick is some of my favorite kind. From anointing and setting intention to focusing on the flame as it burns down. Something about the light gives me drive to persevere over my obstacles.

Often we focus on Fire in rituals to help bring passion and life to our work. Transformation, Sexuality, Desire, and Heat are all in the realm of Fire.


Magical Tools and Representations of Fire


Representations: Candles, Cinnamon, Wood, Swords, and Athame
Direction: South
Color: Reds and Oranges
Instrument: Stringed instruments, Guitars
Tarot Suit: Swords
Tool: Athame, Candle


We invite you to sit in meditation and reflect on Fire and what it means to you. Using a candle and a bay leaf, think of something you would like transformed in your life. When you feel right, burn the bay leaf with the candle and set in a fire safe bowl. See how you connect with Fire.

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Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin